Jan 15, 2013 1:00pm PST
president bill clinton gave the film its most ringing endorsement yet saying that is shows how all of the great decisions in american history were forged in, quote, a cauldron of principle and compromise. now, that's a lovely phrase, of course, but is it true? let's bring in thomas frank of harper's magazine. good afternoon, tom. >> hey, martin. >> thank you for looking in my direction. now, tom, what is wrong with you because everyone from david brooks to bill clinton is in love with this film, but you say in your latest column, "lincoln" is a move ni that makes viewers feel noble at first but on reflection the sentiment feels hollow. it's not only a hackneyed film but a mendacious one as well. what is wrong with you? >> i don't know, martin. it's something -- it's congenital or something. i'm always like this. i'm always going the wrong direction, but it doesn't surprise me that bill clinton is going to celebrate something like this. i mean, come on. this is a man that invented triangulation. and you think of all the great triumphs of triangulation, of bipartisanship in the clint
Jan 17, 2013 1:00pm PST
this is is something that rahm emanuel did in the clinton administration which is you use more police. in those days 100,000 more cops as a sweetener in a bill because it's very popular, it's a crowd pleaser, and therefore you can get some other things you want through the congress by adding cops. >> indeed. jonathan alter and jared bernstein, gentlemen, thank you. >>> much more ahead but first hampton pearson has the cnbc market wrap. >> how are you doing, martin? all that good news about jobs and housing had the major averages in the green. the dow adding 84. the s&p up 8 and the nasdaq adding 18 points. that's it from cbs, first inform business worldwide. nbc, first inform business worldwide. [ male announcer ] this is joe woods' first day of work. and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from h
Jan 18, 2013 1:00pm PST
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Jan 21, 2013 1:00pm PST
days. >> two former presidents on site today, president clinton and president carter, both democratic former presidents. president george bush the first, of course, was just released from the hospital recently in houston. he's been in fragile health, but that former president, first president bush and his wife barbara, have just released a statement about today's inauguration. barbara and i send president and mrs. obama and their wonderful girls our best wishes and prayers on this historic day. may almighty god bless them and our wonderful country over the next four years. >> the parallel that i would draw with president obama's fans, followers would be that of ronald reagan. reagan made the country feel good about itself, and i think that is an element that president obama has. the people that believe in his agenda, believe in him, believe in what he's been able to accomplish. there's a parallel of how they connect to that president, and i think that that is the parallel between reagan and president obama. these folks right here, these wage earners, these middle class answerers, they